#1. Svalbard, Norway
Our 100 mile sled into Atomfjella took us across frozen sea ice, over glaciers and before enormous serac-spewing glacial fronts. Even in the fog and intermittent blizzards we felt dwarfed by everything this island showed us. It's before this same glacier, approximately half way to our camp zone, that a British student would be mauled to death by a polar bear some 3 months later.
The story, written and shot by Dan Milner, features Terje Haakonsen and Jeremy Jones shredding a chain of islands on the far Northern reaches of a Norway, only 700 miles from the North Pole. Polar bears are a real threat as is the remoteness. Part of the two-year splitboard film project Further, the crew tackles massive 2,000-foot long, 50-degree couloirs and returns to tell about it.
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